How do I find a job?
Experts suggest thinking about how your skills can fit into the current market and focus on industries that are hiring. Update your resume and online profiles, and clean up your social media pages. Take this time to gather references. Search the internet to see who is actively hiring. LinkedIn provides the ability to set up job alerts and to filter job postings from the past week, month and more. Think of ways you can adapt your skills to invest in yourself as we are all adapting to the future of work.
How should I network?
The coronavirus has put an abrupt end to traditional networking for job seekers, entrepreneurs, sales professionals and others who depend on face-to-face interactions with potential clients, employers and customers. Many are turning to social media, text messages and video calls to stay connected and try to drum up new opportunities. Experts say job candidates should consider expanding their networking options beyond their current profession and be open to new locations, fields or positions that they might not have otherwise considered.
How should I prepare for an interview?
Experts say it’s important to remain calm before an interview, particularly now when many interviews are done remotely and stress levels are higher than usual during the pandemic. Thoroughly research the company you’re interviewing with, the people you’ll be meeting and the role you want. Make a list of your relevant strengths and accomplishments, showing you’re a good fit. Envision yourself in a challenging, invigorating setting, then imagine feeling those same emotions in the interview. And prepare a playlist of songs you find empowering to play before the interview.
How do I keep a positive perspective on the job market?
How can remote work help me grow?
Ben Hansen, professor of economics at the University of Oregon, said he tells his students to view their current experience as a talking point for future job interviews. He’s encouraging them to think about what challenges and opportunities remote work presents. Those insights can be useful when framing your experience for new kinds of work, he said.
“You’re going to be going out on a market where employers might be wanting people who can be resilient, who can work remotely if they need to, who can learn how to work as part of a team even if that team isn’t in a physical space,” he said.
How should I handle difficult remote conversations?
Managers shouldn’t spring hard conversations on team members. Instead, they should give the employee advance notice that an upcoming meeting is for a sensitive conversation. Tracy Cote, chief people officer at human-resources-technology firm Zenefits, says if bad news has to be delivered to somebody working from home, managers should give the employee enough notice to find a semi-private place to talk.